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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Red Sox add Chris Capuano

The Boston Red Sox on Thursday agreed with left-hander Chris Capuano on a minor league deal that includes an invitation to major league camp, according to a league source.

The deal is pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Massachusetts native has spent all nine of his major league seasons in the National League, the past two with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

One-year deal for $2.25M.  Still lots more left over from the Dempster retirement.

Publius Publicola Posted: February 20, 2014 at 06:52 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: brewers, pitching, red sox

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   1. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: February 20, 2014 at 11:14 PM (#4660074)
I cannot imagine Capuano could put up an ERA much under 5.00 as a starter against an AL East schedule, and I cannot imagine the Red Sox have any designs for him other than "warm body to keep around camp in case there's a chain of pitcher injuries in Spring Training".
   2. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: February 21, 2014 at 12:14 AM (#4660086)
Yet another small data point suggesting that Stephen Drew will be crowned "Biggest Free Agent Loser of the 2013-2014 Off-Season".
   3. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: February 21, 2014 at 12:16 AM (#4660088)
#2. Do you think it's possible the Sox actually resign him for something piddly like 2/20...
   4. Select Storage Device Posted: February 21, 2014 at 12:22 AM (#4660091)
It's a major league deal? I was weighing what was the better spring invite in the AL East: Capuano or Bedard?

(Bedard)
   5. Select Storage Device Posted: February 21, 2014 at 12:26 AM (#4660094)
I am also sure if Capuano doesn't work out, everyone in Beantown will be just so crushed. Especially when he is released in May after 21 terrible inconsequential innings.
   6. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: February 21, 2014 at 12:34 AM (#4660096)
I'm pretty surprised it's a major league contract. Is he really better than their available in-house options?
   7. ptodd Posted: February 21, 2014 at 01:17 AM (#4660100)
Soft tossing lefties have great success in Fenway. If he starts a significant amount of games it means disaster has struck for the Red Sox pitching opening day rotation and prospects.
   8. Dr. Vaux Posted: February 21, 2014 at 01:39 AM (#4660101)
Since it's a major league contract, doesn't this mean he'll be the first option and be given too many chances?
   9. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: February 21, 2014 at 03:32 AM (#4660104)
I'm pretty surprised it's a major league contract. Is he really better than their available in-house options?


Probably not, but you can probably never have too many arms around. Sometimes you miss the playoffs for lack of a 90 ERA+ starter. They could probably press him into LOOGY duty too if necessary.
   10. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: February 21, 2014 at 07:49 AM (#4660114)
According to the excerpt it's a minor league deal. If he can put up an 85-90 ERA+ that's a perfectly reasonable 6th/7th starter. Someone like that probably would have saved the Sox' bacon in 2011.
   11. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: February 21, 2014 at 08:18 AM (#4660119)
Jose: In TFA there's a correction saying that was wrong and it's a major league contract. So it's pretty much certain he will be on the team in April.

I'd be surprised if he doesn't get lit up like a movie marquee, honestly, but good luck to him. I've always enjoyed watching soft tossing lefties succeed.
   12. Pooty Lederhosen Posted: February 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM (#4660182)
Yet another small data point suggesting that Stephen Drew will be crowned "Biggest Free Agent Loser of the 2013-2014 Off-Season".


Dan Shaughnessy is busy writing The Curse of the Jody Reed to commemorate this event.
   13. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: February 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM (#4660193)
Strange that he would sign with Boston rather than the Angels, Brewers or Mariners or someone that actually needs a 5th starter.
   14. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: February 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM (#4660218)
I've got a bit of a soft spot for Capuano; he turned into a Mark Buhrle-type in one of my OOTP games years ago, so when I see his name my brain tends to go, "Oh, he's good!" before I remember that that was just a game.

I'm surprised this is a major league deal.
   15. pkb33 Posted: February 21, 2014 at 11:28 AM (#4660239)
Strange that he would sign with Boston rather than the Angels, Brewers or Mariners or someone that actually needs a 5th starter.

He's a Massachusetts native, and he may well have figured that since there is not much of a market for him anywhere, he might as well stay close to home.
   16. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: February 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM (#4660247)
It looks like Cap has that "every other year, I'm good thing" going on (which I realize means exactly nothing). It looks like he had some really good starts with the Dodgers last year, some mediocre starts, and averaged out his good starts with a similar amount of awful starts.

His ERA+ was 84 and he finished with with a 4.26 ERA. Seems like a decent $2.25 million investment for the Red Sox (that's like pocket change for them, right?). If he happens to put up an above average year as a 6th starter/long guy, it doesn't seem like a bad deal. If he stinks, the Red Sox will just release him, right?

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